Build cities, shape a world.Cities XL Platinum lets you design, build and link up cities of all shapes and sizes around the Cities XL planet!Build more impressive cities than ever before! Cities XL Platinum offers a huge variety of over 1,000 buildings and constructions (including 50 brand new structures), that you can freely place on...
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Release Date: Feb 6, 2013

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Build cities, shape a world.

Cities XL Platinum lets you design, build and link up cities of all shapes and sizes around the Cities XL planet!

Build more impressive cities than ever before! Cities XL Platinum offers a huge variety of over 1,000 buildings and constructions (including 50 brand new structures), that you can freely place on more than 60 gigantic maps, offering varied terrain and an incredible level of detail.

Take on the role of virtual mayor and find solutions to the problems faced by modern city planners like energy shortages and public transportation. Answer the growing needs of your citizens and find the perfect balance between various services such as housing, recreation, and employment. Specialize your cities and set up a trade network with neighboring towns to ensure large-scale financial success with an increasingly complex network of cities!

Key Features:

  • Over 1000 different buildings
  • 60 gigantic maps
  • Answer the needs of the citizens: employment, housing, recreation, and more
  • Manage a large-scale economy

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: WINDOWS XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP1/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL 2.5 GHZ
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE ATI RADEON HD 3850/NVIDIA GEFORCE 8800 OR HIGHER
    • DirectX®: 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 9 GB HD space
    • Sound: COMPATIBLE DIRECTX 9.0
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Imperator | Idle
1.1 hrs
Posted: August 29
Cities XL Platinum Review - Rating: 2.8/10

General Impression
Cities XL Platinum is a… pretty damn horrible game. No offense, but from outdated graphics, camera issues, bad gameplay, and several other issues, I cannot recommend this game. The graphics and the textures are relatively outdated. The atmosphere isn’t that kind of exciting either, it’s not that interesting. The audio and the music are pretty boring and repetitive. The gameplay gets boring really fast, and also it feels pretty uninteresting. The game doesn’t have a story either. The user interface is simple and nothing special about it. The controls are clunky; I don’t like them. The engines aren’t great either, the game still has some bugs and flows, which shows that the developer doesn’t care of their own game at all. The mechanics are repetitive and boring. There are also even other issues, read them in the negative points. Overall, Cities XL Platinum is an overpriced game, with nothing special in it, which I highly recommend skipping, from my point of view. Just pick Cities: Skylines instead, it’s more expensive with just 4,99$, but it far out weights this game.

Positive Points
  • Has a bunch of maps to play on
  • Decent user interface
  • Decent mechanics
  • A tutorial is available

Neutral Points
  • A story would have improved the game a lot, along with some missions
  • Trading cards, Steam achievements and Steam Workshop would improve the game as well

Negative Points
  • Outdated graphics and textures
  • Uninteresting atmosphere
  • Boring audio and repetitive music
  • Pretty terrible gameplay
  • Clunky controls
  • Some flows in the engines
  • Boring and repetitive mechanics
  • The camera issues are annoying
  • The street-laying function doesn’t work well, neither the bridge-laying one
  • It misses a map editor, a huge disadvantage
  • A misleading trailer, hahaha, nice one, dear "developers"
  • No terrain forming options? What the hell, and you put a 19,99$ price tag on it? Along with the many other issues?
  • The developers have already left the gaming industry, don’t expect this game to be fixed, that’s already a strong reason to not recommend it
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WEEGEEMEN
10.5 hrs
Posted: August 28
This is one S***y game, Don't buy it like i did
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Ksullivan6
0.2 hrs
Posted: August 24
Okay Cities Skyines is way better it might a little bit more money but Citis Skylines is way better
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lucidmatrix
58.2 hrs
Posted: August 23
I can't say I like this game a whole lot. I'll admitt I like the options for laying down zones and roads. What I dont like about this game is all the hand holding and guidance starting a city by telling you exactly what the city needs at all times, locking out utilities and public services. What I really hate about this game is the way resedential zones are split into a class system... last I heard you can live where ever the hell you want if you can pay the rent. Persoanly, I rather play Simcity 4 rush hour, I like city planing and building more than than what ever this is.
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Fujimi Suzu-Senpai™ ( Nyaruko )
1.5 hrs
Posted: August 22
Not as great as Cities: Skylines. But this is the less complicated version. Cities XL Platinum may have some performance issues along the way as you build your city further, but that doesn't stop making the game look more amazing when you build it massively in to your own image.

Cities XXL was more drastic and worse. Play this game instead.
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TheSlayersMistery
125.0 hrs
Posted: August 11
I dont really get why so many negative rewiews i get exelent perfomance even on my intagrated video card so i know that this game is well optimized and also its not all that bad in the gameplay aspect
#StopTheHate
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[NOR] Fjeldabe
8.1 hrs
Posted: July 29
Literally ♥♥♥♥, buy City: Skylines instead, This game is often rebranded with the same code and base game and sold over and over again, -9000/10 do not buy.
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drew100landy
58.3 hrs
Posted: July 28
fine game but rather you should get cityskylines
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"No" - Rosa Parks
43.0 hrs
Posted: July 22
I'm sorry, but I have a hard time liking this game. I just don't find it fun. It feels clunky, runs choppy, it's the same game as before, and the cities are just not as appealing as they are in other games. It always comes to a point in the game for me when the demand for leisure simply surpasses the amount of money I have, which puts the city out of its misery, and puts me out of mine too.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Cities XL Platinum Review - Rating: 2.8/10

General Impression
Cities XL Platinum is a… pretty damn horrible game. No offense, but from outdated graphics, camera issues, bad gameplay, and several other issues, I cannot recommend this game. The graphics and the textures are relatively outdated. The atmosphere isn’t that kind of exciting either, it’s not that interesting. The audio and the music are pretty boring and repetitive. The gameplay gets boring really fast, and also it feels pretty uninteresting. The game doesn’t have a story either. The user interface is simple and nothing special about it. The controls are clunky; I don’t like them. The engines aren’t great either, the game still has some bugs and flows, which shows that the developer doesn’t care of their own game at all. The mechanics are repetitive and boring. There are also even other issues, read them in the negative points. Overall, Cities XL Platinum is an overpriced game, with nothing special in it, which I highly recommend skipping, from my point of view. Just pick Cities: Skylines instead, it’s more expensive with just 4,99$, but it far out weights this game.

Positive Points
  • Has a bunch of maps to play on
  • Decent user interface
  • Decent mechanics
  • A tutorial is available

Neutral Points
  • A story would have improved the game a lot, along with some missions
  • Trading cards, Steam achievements and Steam Workshop would improve the game as well

Negative Points
  • Outdated graphics and textures
  • Uninteresting atmosphere
  • Boring audio and repetitive music
  • Pretty terrible gameplay
  • Clunky controls
  • Some flows in the engines
  • Boring and repetitive mechanics
  • The camera issues are annoying
  • The street-laying function doesn’t work well, neither the bridge-laying one
  • It misses a map editor, a huge disadvantage
  • A misleading trailer, hahaha, nice one, dear "developers"
  • No terrain forming options? What the hell, and you put a 19,99$ price tag on it? Along with the many other issues?
  • The developers have already left the gaming industry, don’t expect this game to be fixed, that’s already a strong reason to not recommend it
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Literally ♥♥♥♥, buy City: Skylines instead, This game is often rebranded with the same code and base game and sold over and over again, -9000/10 do not buy.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
125.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11
I dont really get why so many negative rewiews i get exelent perfomance even on my intagrated video card so i know that this game is well optimized and also its not all that bad in the gameplay aspect
#StopTheHate
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
398 of 429 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
52.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2013
This is one of the best city simulations out there, especially when looking strictly at games with good graphics. That said, it is not without its flaws.

The Good:
- Lots and lots of replayability. You could get lost in this game on just a single city for weeks.
- Your cities interact with each other to an extent. You can trade things like water, fuel, industry, and office services amongst the cities you create. This allows you to specialize your cities, such as creating an industry giant that feeds industry goods to your cities where you want to avoid polution, such as a resort town.
- You can point and click your way through everything. Given how many options you have for roads, buildings, etc, the menu is easy to use and allows for quick access to everything.
- The game feels like a semi-sandbox during normal play, as there isn't really many restrictions in place (and you can switch the building restrictions off in the settings).
- As you build up your city, you get to a point where you realize it isn't just about building anymore. Management becomes a much bigger deal. One of the biggest management challenges is transportation, and that adds something to the game that I find quite enjoyable, making it a bit deeper than it might look on the surface.

The Bad:
- Some of the mechanics for laying out streets (especially bridges) and buildings can make things a bit frustrating.
- The whole Cities XL series are just reboots. They look the same, play the same, and feel the same. This makes for a bit of a hidden "good" I guess in that you shouldn't feel the need to own them all (I do and don't have any reason to play any of the previous ones).
- They removed the online function that the original had, rather than making it work. The idea of being able to have cities existing in a "truly global" world definitely had an appeal.
- The developer is lazy. The failure to make online work, some small problems and unfinished features, and the mechanics that are still issues still unaddressed after so much time just speaks to the lack of care the developer has for its work and reputation. They did "fix" things to a point where they weren't really game-breaking, but it still sits in my mind that they seem to want to skate by at this point (especially given how much effort they put into trying to create a great alternative to another "CitySim" game).

If you really like city management/builder games, this gives a good balance between the two and should be able to keep your entertained for quite a while. If you can catch it on a sale, then great! If not, you just need to decide what your dollar is worth. As far as putting a dollar value on fun, you have to do that for yourself, but even with the flaws, the value was definitely there for me given how much entertainment I have gotten from it. Decidedly beats spending the money on gas, a ticket, and some overpriced popcorn and soda at a movie theater for me.
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191 of 211 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 11, 2014
+/+ Graphics are great for a city building game.
+/+ Most game mechanics are well executed.
+/+ Great UI. Very easy to pick up and learn.
+/+ Cities can interact (i.e. trade) with each other. This allows you to create specialty cities.
+/+ Large maps.

+/- Not as difficult as SimCity 4.
+/- Not much different than previous Cities XL games.
+/- Includes Steam Cloud, but lacks other features such as achievements and the workshop.

-/- Lack of variety in graphic style.
-/- Not map editor or terraforming options.
-/- Roads & highways can sometimes very picky about how you place them.
-/- Game slows down once your city reaches a certain size (very processor heavy game).
-/- Developers have a bad reputation and have gone out of business. Don’t expect new patches.
-/- Unfixed bugs and broken features.

Verdict: 6.8/10. While Cities XL Platinum clearly fails to surpass SimCity 4, it does offer a unique and fun take on the city building/management genre. If you can put up with the late game slowdowns or don’t care about creating larger cities, then I can easily recommend Cities XL Platinum to you. If you expect more, you will be disappointed. Don’t spend more than $10 and you’ll likely be happy.

Update 9/7/15: Buy Cities Skyline if you want a city builder. This game is no longer worth considering.
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300 of 362 people (83%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2014
i increased my score a couple point to try to offset the trolls and griefers that wrongfully malign this otherwise great game. and while its not worth a 10 its definitively not a 0!. i would say about a 7 and with all the stuff on xlnation.net perhaps an 8!

please understand that this game has a bit of history. over 4 years ago a small company named monte cristo developed and released it as massively multiuser online game. unfortunately less than a year after they went broke due to low subscription rate and were unable to finish the game. soon after focus acquired the writes and reworked it as a single player offline game and released it. since then making minor fixes and about once a year they have been releasing new content dlcs.

as you can imagine the people who originally purchased and subscribed to cities xl unlimited edition, the mmo version from the now bankrupt developer, are ♥♥♥♥♥♥ off that they got stuck with a dead game after only being able to play with it for such a short time.

so they troll steam forums and even this site complaining about the long defunct developers and about long ago fixed bugs and basically spooking people away from buying the game.

many do not even own or play this game, they just own the other game and since the servers have all been shutdown for that game long ago can't no longer play it. yet they refuse to upgrade to this game, basically wanting the new developers to basically give them the new game.

here check out the facts for yourself
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cities_XL

i own and play just about every city sims/builders that is out there

this is great game, loads of fun, runs great, have played it for hundreds of hours.

even better if you go to xlnation.net you will find hundreds of mods for it, everything imaginable and a very active community over 40,000 members!

i also want to say that there is no serious memory leak or programming issue like some people are posting. what issue that people are having is that the game allows you to build huge i mean huge cities, ive seen some with population over 90M and basically they do not set limits other than the hardware you have. so as you add more and more buildings and roads and the cities get larger and more complex sure its going to use more and more memory until you run out of memory and until your cpu/gpu cant handle the size of the cities and complexity and the framerate goes down. It's hard to put in words just how large and complex your cities can get, they can look so real that you can't distinguish screenshots from real world images of some of the worlds largest cities. in fact i cant think of a real world single city that has a population of over 90M. so what you have a people with low end hardware trying to build cities they can't support. and since its a 32-bit application, like most games, the cities can only get so large and complex before you hit the 2-3gb limit that windows imposes. the trick is to balance city size and complexity and not try to build cities that don't make sense and would not be practical even in real life.

so yes the game is a 32-bit game with the game logic running in a single thread, but most other games out there have the same limitations. the only difference between those games and this game is that this game does not impose limits on you like simcity or tropico or anno does. also this games lets u pack the density of the cities to real world levels and beyond. in this way its more a city builder than a sim i would say.

having said that the game, like all other games and software, does have bugs and issues, but luckily they are for minor and can easily be ignore of worked around.
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312 of 384 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
This game has the potential to be far greater than SimCity ever could be, considering EA's corporate greed holds it back so much these days. It features enormous cities and very easy-to-use interface systems to create a city EXACTLY the way you want it to look even with road-following decorations and multiple ways to plop out zones, then zooming in and "walking" around if you so desire - the level of detail is astounding, and I've personally been playing this series since it's predecessor, City Life, came out back years ago. The game has a major downside though - it's outdated 2005 graphics engine is a 32 bit engine not optimized for multi-core. No matter how good your PC is, the game is limited to only using 1 core and up to 4 gigs of ram - 2 gigs by default, editing the config file is needed to crank 4. This means large cities on even the toughest PCs will lag like all hell, while your PC shows virtually no sign of wear, often running far below 20% of max capacity. Community guides even state you have to quit and reload the game every hour and possibly even change your graphics settings far below what your computer should be able to support just to keep it running in larger cities.

Specs arent the issue for those of you claiming I have a bad computer - I run a hex core 3.5 ghz intel i7, have 64 gigs of ram, and 2 nvidia titans, and yet I clock as little as - well, 0 FPS at times. I have also tried it on a laptop running a quad core 2.7 ghz i7 with 32 gigs of ram and a GTX 680M with the same issues.
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259 of 353 people (73%) found this review helpful
405 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2015
I'm an atheist and this game genuinely had me looking to the Bible for help.
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81 of 95 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
I will recommend this game, but be cautious. This game gets insanely difficult, and fast. Once you get access to basic utilities, like water, power, and oil, it can be so easy to bankrupt your city by trying to offer all of these to your city at once. This game runs on supply and demand. If you're producting a lot of oil, and your city can't pay for it (not that your city won't demand it; they just won't be able to pay for it), your city will lose money by extracting more oil than what it can pay for. This goes with about a dozen different resources the game takes into account. You can also have not enough resources. This makes things rather complicated, because you will always run into a scenario in which your city needs more resources than it can pay for, even if you trade with other cities.

Your city will always be plagued with problems once you get to a significant population. Traffic is always a problem. Always. There is no way to really mend the traffic problem. The tourism also really doesn't make much sense to me.

However, I recommend this game because it's kind of realistic. You can't make everyone happy. You can't "pre-plan" your city by making interstates in a town with 200 population. You have to build your city up and then create those, causing you to have to re-route traffic and demolish structures so you can work on your interstate system, which is a headache I bet most leaders in transportatioon have. You will have to have a ghetto and also a rich population. Your citizens will get bored. The game is also beautiful and zooming into ground level gives a lot of awesome views.
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106 of 133 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
Nice graphic, not bad gameplay, awful optimization, so just when your city grows(and it happens over 5-6 hours), playing becomes impossible. Despite the hardware you have. It just will lag. And nothing can be done with it, nobody plans to patch it. Every year this game is sold with great discount, and naive customers throw out their money. So I highly warn you against purchasing this game.
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